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NikonAF DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D Lens
 
4.7

(based on 96 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (85)
  • Nice bokeh (70)
  • Durable (62)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (62)
  • Consistent output (49)

Cons

  • Heavy (24)
  • Slow focus (6)
  • Poor in low light (4)
  • Blurry focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (49)
  • Low light (42)
  • Night photography (28)
  • Portraits (26)
  • Landscape/scenery (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (31), Semi-pro photographer (28), Pro photographer (19), Enthusiast (4), Professional (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (73)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

One of Nikon's best portraiture lenses

This lens is simply amazing. It is one of Nikon's best reasonably-priced portraiture lenses.

There is a misconception that this lens is soft. It is certainly not a soft lens....Read complete review

This lens is simply amazing. It is one of Nikon's best reasonably-priced portraiture lenses.

There is a misconception that this lens is soft. It is certainly not a soft lens. This lens is extremely sharp. In fact, it is known to be one of Nikon's sharpest lenses (search the web for reviews). Setting the defocus control at a number higher than the aperture does create a soft focus. If you don't like soft focus, then simply don't set it so high!

The defocus control is very useful. If you set it towards "R," the background (rear) bokeh will be smoothed (like cream cheese) and the foreground (front) bokeh will have more distinct shapes (hollywood-style circles with defined edges). Setting it towards "F" will swap the effects, making foreground bokeh creamy and background bokeh glittery. Leaving the defocus control neutral will balance all out-of-focus areas.

As long as you set the defocus ring equal to or lower than your aperture f-number, the focus will be sharp. If you set it higher than the aperture f-number, the focus becomes increasingly soft. Perhaps you'd like a touch of soft-focus sometimes!

The build is great. The crinkled black matte metal finish is professional and durable. There is a built-in metal hood that is lined with felt on the inside. You can pull it out and lock it by rotating it. It has a nice weight to it.

The focusing is fast--it uses rear internal focusing. This means that the lens does not get longer nor shorter depending on the focus. Also, because there is a ring on the lens to switch from manual- to auto-focus, the focusing ring will not spin when using auto-focus (great!).

Nikon only makes one other lens that is as long and as fast--the 200mm f/2 VR--and it usually costs about four to five times as much as this lens.

This focal length is especially great on FX/135-film. It is 200mm equivalent on DX. On DX, it is a bit tight for anything other than head shots. On DX, you may consider Nikon's 85mm or 50mm lenses, depending on how you shoot portraits.

Buy a good filter to go with this lens. This is high-quality glass--don't ruin it with glare and ghosts from a low-quality filter.

It fits nicely in the Mountainsmith LC2 Lens Case. You'll need to remove the extra piece of foam from the bottom of the case, though.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I wanted to love it, but

I bought this lens to be my primary portrait lens. I love the construction of it. It feels solid and I like the built in hood. Glass was totally clean and the lens...Read complete review

I bought this lens to be my primary portrait lens. I love the construction of it. It feels solid and I like the built in hood. Glass was totally clean and the lens looked pristine. From the first shot though, I found focus to be FAST, but terribly unreliable. I could not get eyes sharp. Instead it got the nose sharp--even when I totally locked focus on the EYE. I tried every level of AF Fine Tune on my D700 with no success. It does not focus past 15 feet or so. I want to LOVE this lens. Today I'm shipping it to Melville for testing.

My D700 works flawlessly with 7 other lenses. Tack sharp AF on the 85G. Ditto for 24G, 50G, 70-200 blows me away, 14-24 does too, 105VR sharp, 300 f/4--well, even this is super sharp with no fine tuning when I can hold it steady.

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5.0

why Nikon is the portrait choice in 35

By k75

from minnesota

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Awsome Bokeh
  • Sharp
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portrait

    Comments about Nikon AF DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D Lens:

    This lens is sharp and the DC feature is wonderful. The lens focuses well on my 800. I have always been one to use little to no depth of field in portrait work. this lens goes even further bringing the attention to the subject. This lens is worth every penny and then some.

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    5.0

    Best portrait lens

    By Rodrigo Jardon

    from New York

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Portrait
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Nikon AF DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D Lens:

    Fast, prime, incredibly sharp lens and with Defocus Control feature.

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    4.0

    Great for all types of Portraits!

    By Justin

    from Alaska

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Nikon AF DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D Lens:

    I love this lens! If done right, the background will simply melt away. I've used this lens for birthday parties, head shots and outdoor functions. There is not much of a learning curve for this lens like some have said. Even without the de-focus capability, this lens is worth the money! It is sharp and produces beautiful photos!The only thing that seems odd about this lens is the hood. It's easy to slide forward and tighten into place but when I unscrew it to slide back down, it will sometimes make this grinding noise that will make me cringe! No scratches or damage, just that odd noise.

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    5.0

    A Remarkable Lens

    By SEAROBIN

    from Massachusetts

    Comments about Nikon AF DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D Lens:

    I have owned and used a manual Nikon 135mm f2 lens for more than twenty years and relied on it for many types of my photography. I recently purchased a Nikon Df body and, while the MF lens worked very well with the Df, I wanted to try a AF version . After receiving and using the AF 135mm F2, I am convinced I made a good decision. Nothing of the sharpness has been lost in the AF version. In fact, it may be even sharper. The controllable bokah is a real asset and not just a gimmick. The lens is built with the heft and strength expected of a serious lens (think ZEISS or LEICA).I have used the new 135 with my Df body and with my F3 body with great results. On the Df it is fat to focus and provides access to all of the exposure and communications applications of the Df. On the the F3, it provides beautifully sharp B&W images.It is the best photo purchase I have made in a few years. RECOMMENDED!

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    5.0

    Great lens!

    By Alan

    from Rome, GA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Portraits
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Nikon AF DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D Lens:

      It's sharp and a beautifully constructed. It is perfect for portraits.

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      5.0

      one of Nikon's best lens

      By Michael C

      from Laguna Beach CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • 85 14d
      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Nikon AF DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D Lens:

        I use this lens for head and shoulder portraits. I own 58mm 1.4g, 85 1.4d, 70-200VR II, this old lens seemed not very necessary for me but it turned out I am very happy to get one. I think the rendering look/color of this lens is unique compare to the others. The bokeh is really smooth and beautiful. The building construction is the best out of all the other I ever have. The lens hood on it is a cleaver design and I hope other Nikon lens could have the same hood.

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        5.0

        Buttery bokeh

        By The Prints of Monico

        from Arvada, CO

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • people
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Nikon AF DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D Lens:

        I'm a professional and got the lens to compliment my 85m 1.8.
        Just looking thru the lens you can see how well it's gonna be. The background even at f/4 is wonderful. f2.0 is even better, but be careful to hold steady and get a lock on the focus because you might miss it.
        I knew I wanted this lens and the more I use it the more I'm in love.

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        5.0

        There is no better lens!!

        By JGD

        from NYC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Night Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Nikon AF DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D Lens:

          You just have to try it!

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          5.0

          Super portrait lens

          By cal

          from New Jersey

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          Pros

          • Built in lens hood
          • Exquisite Bokeh
          • Sharp
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Portraits

          Comments about Nikon AF DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D Lens:

          This is a well built, sharp, terrific portrait lens. It's not a light weight carry around all day lens, but that's the trade off for a fast tele with a solid build quality. Definitely not an all purpose lens and missing the latest in lens technolgy such as vibration reduction as it was designed about 20 years ago. Not sure how much longer Nikon will be offereing this lens but wanted to get one while still readily available.

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          5.0

          135mm f/2 is Super on the Nikon D5200

          By George

          from Providence, RI

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography

          Comments about Nikon AF DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D Lens:

          Yes, the auto-focus feature does not work on the Nikon D5200, but the results are outweigh this con. Merely looking through the LCD panel and/or viewer you can see the subjects with a high level of detail and sharpness. You heart races knowing the shot will be superb. The images are stunning. Even with the Defocus Controls unused and left in the neutral center slot, the bokeh is gorgeous to say the least. Although the auto-focus is not supported on camera's like the Nikon D5200 and other models which are perhaps considered "not desirable" for the Nikon 135mm f/2.0D AF DC lens. (entire lens will Some sites even claim the not work, which is not true.) I can live without autofocus and manually spinning the focus ring! It's not a big issue. In fact you'll learn more working with manual settings. Amateur or Pro, be a rebel and go against the grains of globally accepted photography standards sometimes, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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          5.0

          Fabulous Lens!

          By A. Speck

          from Spring Hill, TN

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Nikon AF DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D Lens:

          I am using this for portraiture mainly. It has fabulous bokeh and is tack sharp. It's a bit heavy and I have to back up a bit more than I am used to doing with my 50, but I still love it! I also love the built in lens hood. Very durable.

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          Incredibly sharp, fast, multi-use lens

          By Eric

          from Clarksdale, MS

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Portraits
            • Sports/Action

            Comments about Nikon AF DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D Lens:

            I bought this lens as both a portrait lens - for which it is unbeatable - and a lens to travel with. I prefer a light kit when traveling, usually just something wide, a 35mm lens and then a short telephoto. This is a perfect short telephoto. Since I use a Nikon D800E it easily serves the purpose of a longer telephoto - 270mm - with still enough resolution to get decent prints and more than enough for posting online. The lens is also smaller and lighter than I had thought it would be. The Defocus-image Control is simple to figure out and extremely useful.

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            5.0

            Nikon 135 mm f2 d lens

            By Chris

            from New York, N. Y.

            Comments about Nikon AF DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D Lens:

            Love this lens, it's all the wonderful things you have heard! De focus can be tricky - just read the instructions & follow them! Back in the day I had the MF version & it was my favorite . I figure this version will soon be favorite portrait lens. You won't be dissapointed

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            5.0

            small & sharp!

            By Just take the picture!

            from uSA

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Rugged
            • Small
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • No tripod mount

            Best Uses

            • Portraits

            Comments about Nikon AF DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D Lens:

            This is truly an incredible portrait lens! However, one must always move your focus point (with this shallow of DOF one cannot focus and recompose. You MUST move your focus point!), and always use continuous focus tracking to correct-for the slight movement between you and your subject.

            Due to this lens' small & lightweight size, it becomes a must-have portrait lens! A MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED lens for FX owners!

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            5.0

            Amazing depth of field

            By Kyra

            from Michigan

            Comments about Nikon AF DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D Lens:

            The bokeh created with this lens is truly amazing. I find that when photographing my preschooler I must increase the f-stop to ensure that his face stays in focus. Even with f/4.0, the bokeh is beautifully blurred.

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            5.0

            Fast Sharp Versatile

            By Sandy

            from north cental Nebraska

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Night Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Nikon AF DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D Lens:

              This lens gives me super sharp nature photos. I discovered that many of my best nature photos had been captured with this medium length lens. Its fast f/2.0 capability compliments its sharpness by enabling me to easily stop the action.

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              5.0

              Fantastic lens!

              By WendyMcD

              from Boca Raton, Fl

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

                Comments about Nikon AF DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D Lens:

                I put this on my D800 and the images are tack sharp with gorgeous creamy bokeh! I'm in love with this lens!

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                5.0

                A Classic

                By JFer

                from Bogotá

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Chromatic aberration

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Night Photography
                • Portrait
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Nikon AF DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D Lens:

                What to say about the best portrait lens out there?
                Fortunately is not so popular, so not so many people owns it and only some fortunate photographers do. the built quality is AMAZING. it's a REAL lens. nothing like those news plastic lenses. If you know how to use it the results are more than beautiful. are special. some people that had bad experiences with this lens is because the lack of technique. after you spend some time with this lens you star loving it more and more. it even look beautiful from outside. I love how it looks with my nikon DF. the price is well deserved. when you get one, you could have it for the rest of your life, if you take good care of it. the only minor problem i found so far, is a little chromatic aberration. but not all the time. it depends on the light condition. sometimes is not noticeable at all. i would recommend this beautiful lens to real photographers only. to people who appreciate art. to people that can see the beauty outside and inside this lens. the f2 is amazing. i don't understand why people buy more expensive and heavier lenses like the 70-200 when you can buy this pice of art for less money and much more small and lightweight. if you like fix primes more than zooms like i do, this could be the only tele you'll always need.

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                5.0

                Love it!

                By Luis

                from New Jersey

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Nikon AF DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D Lens:

                I read all the reviews both pros and cons. Haven't really had any cons despite the obvious ones that will come natural. It is a heavy lens with no VR and a telephoto range. You will need to be steady, no questions about it. This doesn't mean it's a bad lens just that you're not as a good photographer as you thought. No crutches on this one. I personally wouldn't do too much indoor photography with this one since it's 135mm, so blurriness has not been an issue when shooting outside.

                At first, the photos looked blurry on the camera, but once they're on the computer they're amazing.

                I really like the Distortion Control, takes a bit to find out what you like but it's just a matter of personal preference.

                Don't regret buying it one bit.

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                5.0

                Candid Portraits

                By Jajao

                from Portugal

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Picture quality
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • Weak Casing

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Night Photography
                • Portraits
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Nikon AF DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D Lens:

                This is my second unit I bought. Unfortunately I was robed and now had to buy my gear again. For sure this one was the first in my list.

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